In closing out the month of February and all of our study on love and the types of love I think we should end at the beginning. So often in love relationship whether a marriage type or even the type we have with a teen we forget about the beginning. Maybe forget isn’t the right word, maybe it is just we loose sight of those precious memories that brought so much love. The creating of a home, a child, family, ministry, or even a business, whatever it is that you feel like you used to love so much but now hope is running out I feel if we go back to the beginning some of us might find revival.
It is hard to remember those times in times of great struggle, or famine. So many people in the bible experienced this in love. They even experienced it in their love for God. Today I want to teach you the warning signs and how to overcome it if you are already living in that place. If you have a child who has turned away or is on drugs this is for you. If you have a business you used to love but now feels like a burden hear this. If you are in a marriage and it feels like love has lost what it once was listen up brothers and sisters. Are you in ministry and the passion for changed has died a little, I have a word for you.
God wants you to remember when things were new! Remember the feeling you had, what you were doing in those moments. Sometimes we have a blind spot that causes us to not see that it isn’t as much the situation that has lost it’s wonder but it is us who may have lost our spark.
So hard question to ask ourselves today: Do you have a wow in your parenting? Are you loving your spouse like someone who just fell in love, blind to all flaws? Are you so passionate about your business or ministry that your passion is being contagious? Because I would guess that in the beginning you were. If you don’t believe in your kids, your marriage, or your business anymore why would they? Believe. Simple and child proof just believe, believe that God is a God who created even the very first beginning! He either gave or allowed a beginning to the very thing that doesn’t feel so amazing anymore so I believe he can revive it again! He can author us a new beginning right where we are and it starts with the perspective in our hearts. What you focus on grows. If you focus on your relationship with God boom!— It grows! You focus on the good in your marriage boom!—growth again! You believe in your children, hope in them, love them, focus on how you can be a better parent and not on their teenage flaws Shazam! —God has grown it too!
If you are not there yet then let me share some warning signs that love in an area is being threatened and maybe it is time to remember the beginning. This is from personal experience and may not be true for everyone but in my own life God has made me very aware that if I am experiencing any of these emotions on a frequent basis it is a warning to be on guard, and stand firm especially in my heart. In honor of transparency I have struggled with each of these from time to time, especially number 2 so my heart goes out to you if you struggle with that area as well. Be encourage today that once you are aware that something isn’t just wrong with you and you are not helpless but God has given you a bold and mighty access to the heavenly realm through prayer you won’t feel so powerless when anxiety strikes.
- Apathy – it is a sign death in that area of life is happening, it might as well be withering. Parenting, marriage, or work life, even in a ministry apathy is a wide open path for the enemy or one of his minions, to come in and destroy something you once worked hard to build. Remember he prowls around like a lion looking to whom he may devour. (Ezekiel 2:4, Mark 6:52, Ephesians 4:18-19, Luke 18:1-5, Ezekiel 12:2 – …You live in a rebellious house, they have eyes to see and ears to hear but they do not see and hear. I read this and think I can’t loose hope and be apathetic if I don’t see growth or change it isn’t my fault if people don’t hear and see the truth. Especially if I do my part.)
- Anxiety & No peace – Where Jesus is there is life, growth, and peace that passes all understanding. If you don’t have peace in any area of your life something is up. It is a 911 for you to get on your knees and see what God would specifically have you do in your situation. Seriously. I am talking anxiety strikes you need to consider the spirit inside you is upset find a bathroom or private space and talk to God until the peace comes. I believe he will show you what to do. Remember if it doesn’t line up with the word it isn’t God. (Psalm 56:3, Isaiah 41:10, John 14:27, Psalm 94:19, Proverbs 12:25- “An anxious heart ways a man down” I want to feel free in Jesus name and I know you do too.)
- Irritation- If you are experiencing easy irritation on a frequent basis there is a heart issue. Whoever is causing it or whatever is causing it may not actually be the cause. The cause may actually be a flicker of wrong thinking that the enemy or the world has caused to slip in your heart or mind. If you don’t believe me ask yourself this when you think of Jesus do you think of impatience? When you read or study about Jesus do you hear or think of his irritation with people or situations? No, you think of patience, long-suffering, kindness, and someone calm enough to teach in parables. Is that you? Are you calm enough to talk to someone in a parable who irritates you constantly? I can say not me, and not always. But that is the awesomeness of Jesus we don’t have to always get it right he is there to help us. (Colossians 1:11, James 1:1-27, Proverbs 16:20, Matthew 16:19, Psalm 1:1-2, James 5:7-8, Ephesians 2:8-10)
The truth sets us free (John 8:32), and God’s word is great for teaching, correction and breaking down strong holds (2 Timothy 3:16-17), Amen?
My prayer is that there would be a breakdown today of the anxiety, irritation, and apathetic feelings you have had in any area of your life. That now you would have a new perspective that produces a wonder and wow of the Lord’s beginnings. I pray he helps put a genesis love back in your heart for your situation. I pray you stand firm against the enemy and guard your heart against the lies. You do have hope, it isn’t over until it is over, you are in that situation for a reason even it is just to come out on the other side better. Don’t give up. He loves you. He cares for you and he sees your desire for change. The first step is shining your focus.
May you be blessed and encouraged.
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